St Albans Half Marathon, June 2010. Recovering after an enjoyable run, finishing 365th out of 1,975 runners with a time of 1hour 44 mins.
After the last couple of days taken as sick leave, I'm reminding myself of a commitment I've already made. I am going to stay fit to stay healthy in body and mind.
I truly believe that it was God's hand at work in 2008 when I was led to experience much stress at work. There was such a range of solutions that became apparent as I talked it over with Rachel and the HR Manager at work. I could have quit work altogether, taken an unpaid sabbatical, reduced my hours, go to the Doctor and so on. I then remembered that in the past - in my twenties - I had derived such a thrill from running, I decided to give it a go, even though I couldn't really explain it. Probably the nearest rational way of explaining it was knowing I needed to lose some weight.
Since then I have largely achieved what I set out to achieve but have that nagging feeling of "what next?". I need a challenge as so many friends will know (as I have fished for ideas, suggestions and inspiration). While I haven't quite decided, it will almost certainly be either running or cycling.
So, it's late September, the days are becoming noticeably shorter and cooler. Soon it will be dark at the time I leave the office to come home - that is one of all kinds of "excuses" that I can come up with to justify not cycling to and from work. I have reactivated my DW Sports Fitness membership after the summer break so on days when I don't cycle I can at least go to the gym (after family commitments, of course). I probably need to stock up on some gear from Wiggle and having CTC membership gets a discount there and also at Cotswold Camping (very handy near the St Albans office!).
My commitment - improve my fitness through the winter! Why, well that's easy: staying healthy physically and mentally. Being a husband, father and pushing things along in my work. So help me.